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Audi Confirms RS5 Coupe For U.S., Coming In 2012

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Get ready for some raucous Audi awesomeness, America. The Audi RS5 Coupe has just been confirmed for your driving pleasure. The only bad news: it won't get here until 2012. In the meantime, you can put your spare cash to use with the just-priced $161,000 R8 Spyder 5.2 quattro.

Powered by an up-rated version of the 4.2-liter V-8 found in the regular R8, the front-engined coupe cranks 450 horsepower to all four wheels while looking better than just about anything with two doors. OK, so that may be a strong statement, but there's no denying the S5/RS5's good looks. It hits our shores in 2012--but Audi hasn't said when in 2012. Let's hope it's early in the year.

A seven-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox handles cog-swapping duties, and a new center differential in the standard quattro all-wheel drive system delivers the power to the ground. All-in, the 3,803-pound RS5 shoots from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds and barrels on to reach a top speed of 174 mph. In other words, it's about the same as the M3 Coupe, but a little more powerful.

Fuel economy is surprisingly good, as is fairly common with V-8-powered sports cars, scoring 21.8 mpg in the European combined average. That's a solid mark for a car delivering this balance of performance and luxury.

For the full details on the Audi RS5, check out our preview, and don't miss the live images from the Geneva show.

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  1. An RS5 4 door, 5 door or Avant would be worthwhile. But a coupe version is too bland and ordinary to be worth the effort.
     
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  2. Which arrives first? Pretty new RS5 or Planet X?
     
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  3. RS5 as avant would be perfect...but would be called RS4...
     
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  4. That is a car I seriously want! I don't think that is a strong statement, I'd have no second thoughts picking the A/S/RS5 as THE most beautiful coupe built this century so far. I would pick the RS5 over the R8, and have usable trunk space, back seats, and a fair chunk of change left over as a bonus.
     
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  5. NC2000, the 4 door version of this car is called the RS4, since the A5 and its derivatives are from the A4. Anyways if I were to consider this I would wait for the 4.2 liter to be dropped in the future and replaced with the new 4 liter forced induction V8 that is being developed.
     
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  6. As an Audi owner and chronic 'modder'... this probably comes close to the perfect Audi that needs nothing from the aftermarket!
    My current dream car.
     
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